William H. Johnson Foundation


Arts & Culture


The American artist is known for his Scandinavian landscapes as well as his witty and poignant depictions of African American daily life. The Foundation awards grants to African American artists who work in the following media: painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, installation, and/or new genre. The Foundation’s annual Johnson Prize is awarded annually to an early-career African American artist. The Foundation interprets “early career” liberally to include artists who have finished their academic work within twelve years from the year that a prize is awarded. For example, a person who finished their studies in 2005 is eligible to apply in 2017, but not in 2018. Age is not a determination, and artists who have not earned Bachelor of Fine Arts or Master’s of Fine Arts degrees are still eligible so long as they have not been working as a professional artist for more than 12 years. Complete program guidelines, application instructions, and information about previous winners, as well as additional information can be found on the Web site.

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